Amongst the outsiders, Bradley Dredge could be interesting after his strongest weekend in ages. The Welshman, poor in 2009 until closing with three sub-70 rounds in Germany, has three top-10s in the last six French Open renewals. Equally, Thomas Bjorn has shown signs of life in recent months, and has claims on the basis of 3rd place two years ago. One of the most interesting outsiders is Jose-Maria Olazabal at 100/1. Olly was the last non-outsider to win this title in 2001, and has never finished outside the top-15 on this course. He’s creeping back into form after terrible injury problems, and is no forlorn hope on the best of his PGA Tour form, most notably 6th at the Heritage Classic.
Olazabal was very nearly selected, but in the end I slightly preferred DAVID DRYSDALE. Again, the Scotsman’s triple-figured odds are an insult. Sunday’s 4th place wasn’t his first time in contention this year; he traded at odds-on before finishing 2nd to Soren Kjeldsen in Spain, and also finished 3rd in the Joburg Open. Drysdale has clearly made strides in his best ever season to date, improving his consistency to register five top-10s. Five of the last seven French Open winners were winning their first ever European Tour title, and Drysdale cuts a similar figure to former champs Graeme Storm and John Bickerton. He looks the best of those bidding to keep up this amazing run of upsets in Paris.
Open de France golf tournament advised betting:
2.5pts ew RORY MCILROY @ 25/1 (TOTE)
OPEN DE FRANCE
3pts ew IAN POULTER @ 16/1 (GENERAL)
2.5pts ew SOREN HANSEN @ 18/1 (GENERAL)
1.5pts ew FRANCESCO MOLINARI @ 40/1 (GENERAL)
1pt ew JEEV MILKHA SINGH @ 50/1 (BETFRED, STAN JAMES, CENTREBET)
0.5pt ew DAVID DRYSDALE @ 100/1 (GENERAL, 110/1 BET365)